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Tonight voters in Alaska go to the polls in their party primary, and the GOP will pick their nominee in the hotly contested U.S. Senate race. (Wyoming is also up, but there aren't any notable statewide or federal races to watch there.)

There will also be a special election in Virginia's SD-38 that will either cement the Republican majority or hand the chamber back to the Democrats. Our guide to both races can be found here. Poll close in Virginia at 7:00 PM ET and in Alaska at 12 AM ET and we'll be bringing you tonight's results as they come in. You can keep track of the winners just below.

Results: Alaska: Summary, by State House District (district descriptions) | Virginia | Wyoming

Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 11:06 PM PT: There are two Dan Sullivan's on the statewide ballot tonight. One is the Senate candidate and former State Natural Resources Commissioner. The other is the Anchorage Mayor, who is easily winning the Republican primary for lieutenant governor. In Alaska governor and lieutenant governor candidates are nominated separately but shackled together in the general on one ticket.  

Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 11:06 PM PT: 32 percent in and things are a little closer again for U.S. Senate. Sullivan leads Miller 39-33, with Treadwell at 25.

Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 11:13 PM PT: A good chunk of that vote was from Miller's base outside Anchorage, with some of the city itself thrown in. Some rural areas like Kodiak also came in.

The needle didn't change too much on Measure 1: It now leads by 478 votes.

Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 11:27 PM PT: It looks like quite a bit of Mat-Su's in. Miller doesn't seem to be where he needs to be right now.

Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 11:32 PM PT: Now at 38 percent in and Sullivan remains ahead 39-33. Measure 1 is down now, losing by 1,069 votes. This is the largest gap of the night.

Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 11:36 PM PT: That last batch had more Mat-Su, with Anchorage and Kenai mixed in. Miller's just not doing what he needs to do.

12:03 AM PT: 56 percent reporting and Sullivan's lead is back to 40-33. This one is over. Sullivan will face Democratic Sen. Mark Begich is one of the most hotly contested races in the country. Referendum 1 remains tight, with No up 2,066.

With that, we're calling it a night here. Thanks for reading and see you next week for Arizona, Florida, and the OK-05 GOP runoff.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 10:54 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    Senior Elections Writer, Daily Kos. 24, male, CA-18 (home and voting there), LA-02 (resident). Formerly known as Darth Jeff.

    by Jeff Singer on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 10:54:25 PM PDT

  •  Such thread (3+ / 0-)
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    JSB6092, NMLib, pvasileff

    Much comment.


    SSP alumni, 29, Male, Democrat, TX-14 Elections Blogger for Burnt Orange Report. Collection of Texas elections diaries can be found here

    by trowaman on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 11:11:16 PM PDT

  •  Doesn't look like Miller has enough juice (7+ / 0-)

    Still, he's close enough to give the establishment a bit of a scare. Wonder if he's close enough to reconsider his declaration he will support the GOP nominee rather than trying to make mischief in the general election.

    Pragmatic progressive. Oregonian, Cascadian, and American. Keeper of the DKE glossary.

    by SaoMagnifico on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 11:14:04 PM PDT

  •  The fate of Ballot Measure 1... (2+ / 0-)
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    petral, bananapouch1

    May well rest with how influential Sarah Palin remains among very conservative primary voters. Although the tax breaks the measure would repeal were pushed through by her old lieutenant, Gov. Sean Parnell, Palin endorsed the measure and framed it as a fiscally conservative issue.

    Pragmatic progressive. Oregonian, Cascadian, and American. Keeper of the DKE glossary.

    by SaoMagnifico on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 11:21:40 PM PDT

    •  I'm stunned it's even close (0+ / 0-)

      Alaska has always struck me as a strongly pro-oil state, so I would've guessed repealing something the oil companies like would be a non-starter with Alaska voters.

      That the repeal has 48% support is quite high to me.  And of course shows I haven't been following this issue closely enough to know anything.

      46, male, Indian-American, and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

      by DCCyclone on Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 04:33:12 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I can't believe what I'm seeing (3+ / 0-)
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    James Allen, DCCyclone, bananapouch1

    Miller, with no money and no resources, is only 6% behind Sullivan. I'm kind of surprised how Treadwell faded so far as well. He got into the race so early and this is truly a pathetic showing.

  •  Will Miller run as a write-in? (0+ / 0-)

    Worked for the loser of the primary last time.....

  •  BTW, one of the most conservative (1+ / 0-)
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    present Democratic state legislators was just reelected. By Boris Shor metric Alaska's Benjamin Nageak (with npat (roughly - conservatism index) = 0.560) is second only to Arkansas Jeff Wardlaw (though his npat =1.23 seems suspicious). He won primary (and thus - reelection) with slightly over 52%. Arctic areas of Alaska frequently elect very conservative Democrats -  Richard Foster (father of present Democratic House member) was even more conservative...

    Very Independent minded. Moderate. Extremely cynical (main principle: don't easily believe anyone, but himself).

    by Ragmod on Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 04:58:40 AM PDT

  •  Very disappointed about Measure 1 (0+ / 0-)

    The oil tax that Measure 1 tried to restore was the signature legislation of Sarah Palin's term as governor -- basically a huge severance tax on the oil companies that kept Alaska out of a lot of trouble during the recession -- and it was a large part of why her approval ratings were so high during her first 18 months as governor.

    The opponents of Measure 1 spent something like $15 million to keep Parnell's restoration of the old oil company giveaway, versus less than $500,000 for supporters of Measure 1.  That Measure 1 got 48 percent even under these circumstances is encouraging, but when you look at the unholy alliance of chambers of commerce, Tea Party groups, business lobbying groups and labor unions that opposed it, and you look at the money involved, you really do see how pervasive the oligarchy is.

    I hope a lot of lessons are learned from this; first of all, the danger of having legislation like this on the primary ballot where you only have 31 percent turnout in a state where you'd get 60-plus in the general, guaranteed; secondly, the pernicious influence of money in politics; third, the possibility that people like Palin and her supporters could be reached out to by people like us; and fourth, the extent to which "official" Tea Party and many libertarian groups are basically bought-and-paid establishment foot soldiers.  

  •  I've worried about Sullivan for a long time (0+ / 0-)

    In 2009, Dan Sullivan was appointed as AG by Sarah Palin, our then governor.  At that time I quoted the promotional material on his appointment and questioned why he was returning to Alaska.

    Sullivan, 44, would make $122,640 a year as attorney general. In 2002, he became a director on the National Security Council and National Economic Council of the White House. In 2006, he was confirmed as an assistant secretary of state for economic, energy and business affairs.

    At the State Department, Sullivan focused on international energy issues, including the Office of the Federal Coordinator for the Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects. He said energy issues would remain a top concern.

    Even then, it was clear he was returning to Alaska AG position as a stepping stone to bigger things - and now he will try to represent the people of Alaska as senator. This was one of the most carefully planned career trajectories I have seen. Alaska is one of the cheapest senate seats to win, with only a half million registered voters.  

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